New tool to help improve foodborne pathogen data quality

Officials at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hope a new tool will help protect the public from pathogens in food and water.

The Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline, which was announced today, is an “overarching microbial risk assessment guideline” that outlines comprehensive and descriptive information for assessing risks posed by pathogens to the public. It draws together formerly separate assessment tools for food, water and environmental chemicals, according to a statement from FSIS.

The document outlines common sources of exposure, symptoms, pathogens of note and other related risk assessment data. It is the first document to wholly address the risk factor spectrum in regard to microbes, according to the report.

Need some light reading for the day? Check out the full guideline here.

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